Dance is an inspirational performance art form. It is an enjoyable health promoting physical activity which many people worldwide incorporate in their lifestyles today. But it is not only about physical health and fitness it also contributes to your mental health, your happiness, and subsidizes social communications. We will explore together the emotional and mental health benefits of dancing, know more about dance science, and discover the secret way of happiness.
A bulk of research is dedicated to the emotional benefits of dance. Dance improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive though process with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ held in the cerebellum. Conclusion: Synchronizing the Cerebrum and Cerebellum Creates Superfluidity.
Also, In a study conducted in Poland, mood was assessed before and after dance activity among competitive and recreational dancers. While the competitive dancers were admittedly just as stressed as any athlete practicing their thing, the recreational dancers reported higher energy, less tension, and a better, more creative mood than before.
Dancing can also help eliminate depression more than aerobic exercise. Another study, found that women who had been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer experienced an increase in life satisfaction and an extreme decrease in depression symptoms when they participated in dance therapy, compared to a control group.
Dancing was the only activity of the 11 studied that lowered the risk of dementia by at least 76 percent.
Many hospitals, rehab facilities, and community centers offer dance therapy or Dance/movement therapy (DMT). That focuses on the foundation of meeting built through shared intersubjective experiences, and this make US living, sensitive, and creative human beings.
And because everything in this world has its pros and cons, there are dance risks that you may face. Since dance is a performance art with emphasis on aesthetic dancers are also at a high risk of body image problems and eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia. But you can control these risks by our knowledge about dance science and medicine. It is the scientific study of dance and dancers, as well as the practical application of scientific principles to dance. Its aims are the enhancement of performance, the reduction of injury, and the improvement of well-being and health. It dates back to the 1970s and 80s, growing out of the field of Sports Medicine. Dance science as an academic discipline that has been evolving over the past 20 years. There are several universities in the US and UK also offer dance science courses in their dance curriculum, accommodating both undergraduate and graduate level student.
There are so many different types of dance (salsa, cha-cha, ballet, hip-hop, flamenco,etc…), just try to find a style that suits you in terms of intensity (high-or low-impact, fast or slow), difficulty level, type of music you like, and whether you prefer to dance with or without a partner. Have a good spirit. 😉
Besides, dancing is a great way to spend a quality time with your partner or meet new people if don’t have partner.
Dance is the happiness trick. It is an investment in your mind, body, and soul. When it becomes habit it can foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. You’ll feel about your appearance and, by meeting even small dance goals, you’ll feel a sense of achievement, it will enhance your mood to the best. It will make loss yourself and find yourself at the same time.
So you do not have to be a teen (or a professional dancer) to reap the benefits. Dance for all. Just dance to express not to impress.
If that still seems intimidating, don’t despair. Even just a few minutes of physical activity is better than none at all. If dance be food of happiness, dance on! Don’t miss a chance to dance.
I hope you were stuffed with loads of useful information.
And do not forget to smile. 🙂